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Space Shuttle Flights (1981-)




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Lot 6505

United States, 1977 (Jun 18), Space Shuttle ALT-9 Enterprise signed lot. Crew: Haise, Fullerton. Eight envelopes spanning the captive and free flight portions of the Approach and Landing Test (ALT) shuttle program; ALT-9 is autographed by Fulton, McMurtry, Horton and Guidry; ALT 10 is signed by Covey, Hartsfield, Thornton and Creigton; ALT-12 has three difference cachets, one signed by Fulton, McMurtry, Haise, Fullerton, Horton and Guidry, a second signed by Fullerton alone, and one autographed by Haise, Engle, Truly Fulton, McMurtry, Horton, Guidry and Fullerton; and three covers from the ALT-15 flight including autographs of Engle, Truly, Fullerton, Hart, Fabian, Stewart, and Slayton; a beefy lot.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Current Bid $150
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Lot 6506

United States, 1982 (Nov 11), Space Shuttle STS-5 Columbia. Crew: Brand, Overmyer, J. Allen, Lenoir. This grouping tells the story of the first flight of the operational shuttle (STS-5); it begins at the Kennedy Space Center on Jul 15 when it arrived after the STS-4 mission from California; On Sep 9 it is rolled out to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB); Sept 21 it heads out to pad 39A; launch day is recorded all over the world, a Washington DC cancel accompanies autographs of the NASA Administrator and the Associate Administer for Space Flight; tracking and rescue stations are documented at Greenbelt (with Goddard's Director), ARRS/JRCC Ramstein, a Baker-Nunn tracking station in New Zealand, and the NASA Bermuda station; five envelopes chronicle the launch from the Cape including the KSC Director, Chief Shuttle Project Engineer, NASA Test Conductor and Project Engineer, signatures of the four journalists covering the launch for Aviation Week and Space Technology, and Director of Shuttle Processing with the KSC Launch Director; in Houston there are covers for the two STS-5 Flight Directors, Shuttle Program Manager with CAPCOM for STS-5, and the Director of the Johnson Space Center; there are two FLOWN envelopes postmarked at Holloman AFB; and three covers postmarked at Edwards AFB signed by the Dryden Shuttle Project Manager, one showing the approach plate for landing, and another signed by CAPCOM in Mission Control; there are also five covers celebrating the mission postmarked from Nov 11-16 in Australia, the cancels made in Perth, Alice Springs, Adelaide, Sydney and Hobart; a comprehensive astrophilatelic story told with 27 envelopes and 29 autographs.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid $100
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Lot 6507

United States, 1983 (Jun 18), Space Shuttle STS-7 Challenger. Crew: Crippen, Hauck, Fabian, Ride, Thagard. Oversized USPS embossed envelope with additional postage and a Houston TX hand cancel on launch date; full color mission emblem sticker has been applied as artwork; autographed by Crippen, Fabian, Hauck, Ride and Thagard; this was Challengers first return to space and the first mission for an American woman; a litho of Dr Ride is also included; nice early crew signed item.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid $200
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Lot 6508

United States, 1986 (Jan 28), Space Shuttle STS-51-L Challenger. Crew: Scobee, M. Smith, Onizuka, Resnik, McNair, McAuliffe, Jarvis. Max Kronstein, author of Rocket Mail of the World to 1986, liked to create unusual space event documentation; for STS-51L he sent each member of the crew an envelope (his address is on the reverse) on which he glued some shuttled related image and applied space-themed stamps; with the exception of the Scobee cover (with an illegible date), these envelopes did not receive post office cancels and were instead returned in larger envelopes addressed to Kronstein; these envelopes (included in the lot) were returned between Jan 1984 and Jan 1986 (an additional request found on the Commander's desk was return unsigned in late Feb); the lot includes autographs of Dick Scobee, R McNair, S Christa McAuliffe, Ellison Onizuka, Judy Resnick, Greg Jarvis, and Michael J Smith; applied over the franking is a rubber stamp presumably created by Dr. Kronstein; the flight had originally been slatted to depart Jan 22nd which slipped to the 23rd and then 24th (the date mistakenly used by Kronstein); Challenger would not leave the pad until Jan 28th; a tragic explosion destroyed the vehicle and killed the crew 78 seconds into powered flight; bonus 22 covers, mostly postmarked on the date of launch.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Current Bid $500
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Lot 6509

United States, 48 crew signed shuttle covers (1977-1996). In one fell swoop you can acquire 215 autographs; these are complete crews on a single cover; postmarks are astrophilatelically correct (launch, mission control, or landing dates); most have cachets while in some cases, the signatures constitute the "art"; includes, ALT-9 (2), ALT-12 (2), ALT-13, ALT-14, ALT-15, STS-1, STS-3 (4), STS-4 (3), STS-7, STS-9, STS-41B, STS-41D (2), STS-41G, STS-61A (2), STS-51G, STS-33 (2), STS-26, STS-28, STS-34, STS-36, STS-32 (2) STS-38, STS-35, STS-31, STS-48 (2), STS-37 (2), STS-43 (2), STS-45, STS-51, STS-58, STS-73, STS-70, and STS-72; 48 pieces in total.
Estimate $5,000 - 7,500.
Current Bid $2,500
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Lot 6510

United States, Minorities finally get a seat in the spacecraft. For the first 20 years NASA had only one kind of astronaut, white men; beginning with Sally Ride in 1983, the space agency began to diversify flight personnel by gender and race; autographs included, Sally K. Ride, Linda Godwin, Anna Lee Fisher, Marsha Ivins, Ellen Baker, Kathy Thorton, Shannon Lucid, Bonnie Dunbar, Rhea Seddon, Barbara R. Morgan, Guion Bluford, Ellison Onizuka, Fred Gregory, and Ronald Mc Nair; 11 envelopes in all.
Estimate $800 - 1,200.
Current Bid $400
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Lot 6511

United States, Thirty-Five New Guys (TFNG) collection. 34 envelopes; each with the image and biographical data of the newest astronaut, as they reported to Johnson Space Center in the summer of 1978; this would form the backbone of Shuttle personnel for most of the program; individually autographed 3-Muscateers envelopes signed by Lucid, Hart, Williams, Gregory, Walker, Bluford, Covey, Nagel, Hoffman, Griggs, Scobee, Stewart, Hauck, Mullane, Thagard, Fisher, Creighton, Gibson, Coats, Hawley, Shriver, Van Hoften, Resnik, Seddon, Sullivan, Gardner, Buchli, Blandenstein, Fabian, Nelson, McBride, McNair and Shaw; a great jump for those looking for vintage signatures

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Estimate $600 - 800.
Current Bid $300
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Lot 6512

United States, 1980 (May 29), NASA names astronaut candidates. Complete set of 19 autographs on four envelopes from Houston press conference; all would enjoy long careers with the exception of Mike Smith who was lost when the Shuttle Challenger exploded on ascent in 1986; the Space Voyage cachets are on attractive cream colored envelopes, a difficult collection to assemble.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Current Bid $200
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Lot 6513

United States, Wide ranging activities of new shuttle astronauts (1977-1980). With the significant expected need for new astronauts, NASA had candidates criss-crossing the country training; postmarks from Homestead, Marshall, Randolph, Houston, KSC and Langley; autographs include, Gardner, Hart, Nelson, Onizuka, Brand, Buchli, Gibson, Stewart, Seddon, Henize, Lousma, Peterson, Griggs, Shriver, Creighton, Slayton, Lucid, Hartsfield, Fabian, Shaw, Lind, Coats, Gregory, Covey, Allen, Bluford, Prinz, and Cleave; attractive group with good signatures and astrophilatelically important postmarks; 16 envelopes and 39 autographs.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Current Bid $200
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Lot 6514

United States, Shuttle wind tunnel testing at Ames Research Center. Early program material from Moffett Field; three covers from 1976 (Feb, Mar and Apr) and five from May 1978; the earliest is signed by ALT pilots Joe Engle and Richard Truly and the other two signed by one astronaut each; the remaining covers, some with a machine and others a hand cancel, are all dated May 1978; autographs include, Crippen, Fabian, Hartsfield, Creighton, Mullane, van Hoften, Shriver, Gardner, Lind, Acton, and Overmeyer; 16 autographs on 8 envelopes.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Current Bid $150
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Lot 6515

United States, Delightful group of shuttle support FLOWN envelopes. A successful mission involves dozens of airborne assets; these covers were carried as favors during the shuttle program on fixed wing and rotary aircraft; it includes 226 autographs on 37 envelopes; enjoy.
Estimate $250 - 350.
Current Bid $130
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Lot 6516

United States, NASA shuttle managers throughout the country. Hand drawn illustration and signature of Project Mercury PAO Shorty Powers (and another signature on an MA-9 SpaceCraft cover) followed by Lisa Malone (voice of shuttle launch control); main group are senior shuttle managers and administrators at Edwards AFB, Marshall Spaceflight Center and Kennedy Space Center; bonus is an ultra low number (2612) FLOWN STS-8 envelope (in folder) in the original certified packaging (a real find).
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid $100
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Lot 6517

United States, First six women astronauts. Shortly following the announcement as the first female astronaut candidates, NASA conducted water survival training at Homestead AFB in Florida; uncommon hand cancel from the local post office autographed by Ride (first to fly), Ivens, Resnik (killed in Challenger), Fisher, Seddon and Sullivan; a great item of pre-Shuttle history.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Current Bid $150
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Lot 6518

United States, 1981 (Apr 12), STS-1 specialized collection. Typed commentary on homemade sheets in 3 ring binder; 62 envelopes in total; some Space Voyager, generic cachets, Center, club cachets, documentary for autographs; strength is in key program participants; autographs include Christopher Kraft, George Abbey, John Yardley; UTC Freedom recovery vessel with Rikson autograph; UTC Liberty with James Bond (no, not THAT James Bond) autograph; tracking stations in California, Seychelles, Australia, Guam, Antigua, Hawaii, Madrid and Ascension; lovely launch and landing cancel from Coast Guard Loran Station on Marcus Island; Greenbelt tracking autographs of the Director, Director of Networds, and NASA Chief of Communications; Thiokol contractor cover with autographs of two VPs and the Project Manager, Ex- Lynn Breece collection. Shipping charges apply - weight 2.6 lbs.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid $80
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